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Verso Corporation has just announced that Matthew M. Archambeau has been appointed Verso's Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Energy, effective immediately.

logo"I am very pleased to have Matt join our senior leadership team with responsibility for leading our safety, manufacturing and energy strategic initiatives," said President and Chief Executive Officer Adam St. John. "Matt will easily transition into this new position because of his 26 years of extensive experience at Verso in various manufacturing leadership and technical roles, including his current responsibility for our Centers of Excellence."

Mr. Archambeau's previous leadership experience at Verso includes Vice President of the Centers of Excellence/Technology; Mill Manager at Verso's Escanaba, Michigan, mill and former Bucksport, Maine, and Sartell, Minnesota, mills; Director of Manufacturing Support, Memphis, Tennessee; and numerous manufacturing roles at Verso's former Bucksport, Maine mill. 

Mr. Archambeau holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

Focused on Ensuring Continuous Operations to Serve Significant Increase in Demand

ClearwaterPaper logo01Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW), a premier supplier of quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue and bleached paperboard, has just shared an update on the company’s recent operations during the COVID-19 situation.

The health and safety of employees is a top priority, and Clearwater Paper is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. The company is implementing a comprehensive risk mitigation plan across all facilities that includes enhanced sanitation procedures, sick leave, remote work options, travel restrictions, and visitor and meeting policies. In addition, Clearwater Paper is actively engaging with federal, state, and local government officials due to the essential and critical nature of its workforce and operations.

Clearwater Paper is also experiencing a significant increase in demand for its retail tissue products and an increase in demand for paperboard used for packaging food and pharmaceutical products. The company is focused on ensuring continuous operations to serve its customers’ demand for these essential goods. Clearwater Paper’s facilities are currently producing as usual.

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Willamette Falls Paper Company is pleased to announce that it has added Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) chain of custody certification (SFI-01924) to its full line of paper products. 

Growing numbers of consumers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.

By becoming SFI certified, Willamette Falls Paper Company is one step closer to achieving its sustainability goals.

“Willamette Falls Paper is committed to offering a full range of sustainable paper products,” states Brian Konen, CEO of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Providing customers with certification options allows them to choose which system works best for their projects.”

The SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content (certified forest content, certified sourcing and recycled content) through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use chain-of-custody certification to track and communicate forest fiber content using one of three optional approaches for chain-of-custody: physical separation, average percentage and the volume credit method. To be certified, companies must be audited by an independent third party to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard.

“By choosing to certify to the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard, Willamette Falls Paper Company is telling forest managers it values their commitment to sustainable forest management, and it is telling its customers they can be part of the solution,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

Voith has developed a new generation of sensors with regards to availability, reliability and maintenance handling. As the main components of the Quality Measurement System, the sensors measure the most important quality parameters of the paper being produced, such as basis weight, moisture, caliper and ash. The Quality Control System reduces as much as possible the variability in machine direction (MD) and cross direction (CD). This allows paper manufacturers to move quality targets in the most profitable operational zones – for example to maximize the moisture content of the paper.

  • Higher product quality due to modular and fully independent sensors with optimized housings and integrated temperature stabilization
  • Increased reliability and availability of the MD-Controls
  • Delivering more power within smaller and lighter sensors that require less machine space
  • Minimized maintenance effort through new plug & play standards

Higher product quality due to modular and fully independent sensors with optimized housings and integrated temperature stabilization
The sensors and components are designed to operate in challenging environments under harsh conditions of the paper mill. Special, high-temperature housing options are no longer needed. The new temperature-stabilized housings are designed for ambient temperatures up to 100° C / 212° F.

The new sensor generation features a compact, lightweight design and increases the reliability and availability of the machine direction controls.The new sensor generation features a compact, lightweight design and increases the reliability and availability of the machine direction controls.

Increased reliability and availability of the machine direction controls
A distinctive feature of Voith’s control concept are the machine direction controls based on physical models of the paper machine. Voith’s supervisory controls replicate the physical behavior of the process. The controls manage even high-frequent process disturbances. They also effectively reduce the time for grade changes and therefore minimize production losses.

Delivering more power within smaller and lighter sensors
The new sensor slots have been optimized in their width from 13 cm to 7.5 cm, which leads to smaller and lighter sensor packages, allowing more sensors to be installed in the available machine space.

Minimized maintenance effort with new plug & play principle
The heart of the new sensors is a processor board that provides precise and fast signal and data processing. Sensor features are easy expandable via firmware upgrades. Configurations and calibration parameters are stored inside the sensor and can be changed remotely. Furthermore, the new plug & play functionality reduces complexity in maintenance.

Voith has developed a new generation of sensors that measure the most important quality parameters of the paper being produced, such as basis weight, moisture, caliper and ash.Voith has developed a new generation of senonquality soluntionssors that measure the most important quality parameters of the paper being produced, such as basis weight, moisture, caliper and ash.

Anchored in the Servolution approach, Voith takes care of the whole maintenance spectrum. Based on deep domain knowledge, the focus is not only on system maintenance. Voith service experts also check the measurement and control performances, monitor overall equipment condition and provide suggestions to optimize the process. Additionally, Voith is able to preserve the customer’s investments by interfacing most types of existing third-party scanners and actuators.

For more information about the new sensor generation, please visit: http://www.voith.com/OnQuality

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

A.Celli Group is pleased to announce that Massimo Ardito has been appointed as the new General Manager of the American branch A.Celli International with effect from March 9, 2020.

As General Manager, Massimo Ardito will be in charge of the management of A.Celli International and the development of new sales and customer care strategies, seizing the current market needs to generate further growth and business opportunities.

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Before joining the A.Celli group, Massimo Ardito has accumulated many years of experience in the flexible packaging sector, with the opportunity to play different roles in multicultural environments in which he had the chance to develop customer relationships, enrich his technical and commercial know-how and at the same time apply business strategies that led him to reach ambitious goals.

We welcome Massimo aboard and wish him to achieve great goals together with the A.Celli Group Team.

To ensure continuous development of technology, which is a distinguishing feature of PMP products, in October 2019, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) launched a new engineering office in Łódź, Poland. A new entity is dedicated mainly to support tissue business. Sebastian Grabowski has been nominated as Director of Design and Application Office.

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Łódź is a big city, located in central Poland. It is a large, rapidly growing industrial and technological hub, also named as engineering and scientific center of papermaking, as Politechnika Łódzka (University of Technology in Łódź) educates students in papermaking and polygraphy.

The employment target of the new office is 40 engineers – experienced experts as well as young professionals, also from outside of the paper industry. Such a blend ensures a fresh point of view and creates a proper synergy effect so that it will be possible to develop innovative solutions, which will guarantee the competitive advantage both for PMP and customers.

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Most activities of the new branch will be focused on technology development in tissue sector of PMP. Moreover, there is a project & application team responsible for technical management and projects leadership, starting from sales support to full execution of process in a broad sense.

“An opening of the new office in Łódź is a significant step in PMP development process that has been going for years. It will strengthen a leadership position of PMP as well as contribute to a perception of PMP as the preferred leading supplier of solutions for the Paper Industry” –Sebastian Grabowski said, Director of the Design and Application Office.

Valmet will supply a new sizing section with a hard nip sizer to Asia Paper Manufacturing at Sihwa Mill in the Republic of Korea. The main target for the rebuild of paper machine PM 1 is to increase strength properties of produced container and gypsum board grades. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 5-10 million.

valmet logo rgb“Valmet was able to offer technical advantages to produce high quality gypsum and testliner board grades with low raw material cost. We were able to get proof for those targets as we run pilot trials at Valmet’s Paper Technology Center in Finland. We also visited a reference mill, which has an OptiSizer Hard sizer. It is important to have a supplier who we can trust and who has a good reputation,” says Kyoung-Taek Lee, Vice Mill Manager of Asia Paper.

“We came up with a solution where the customer is able to reduce basic weight without sacrificing strength properties. Asia Paper was very interested in a non-contact starch application method for recycled board because it reduces the wear of consumables, and thus improves time efficiency of the machine. There is no competing technology at the moment,” says Kwon Tae-Yeon, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery  

Valmet's delivery will include an OptiSizer Hard sizer with hard nip and spray application, a TurnFloat web turning device, surface size preparation and supply systems, Valmet DNA machine control and Valmet IQ quality control systems.

Compared to conventional sizer, OptiSizer Hard has a pair of hard covered nip rolls. Starch is sprayed on the nip rolls. In addition to increased surface strength, OptiSizer Hard improves also the internal strength values of produced board. Starch is dosed in the roll nip with higher nip pressure, which increases the density of fibers. This leads into better strength properties.

“Asia Paper is expecting a lot of product quality improvement based on Valmet’s new technology and wishes to continue good cooperation with Valmet for further development,” says Dong-Kyu Kim, Production Manager of Asia Paper.

The 5,900-mm-wide (wire) PM 1 produces testliner and gypsum board grades with a basis weight range of 80–300 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 850 m/min. The daily design capacity will be approximately 1,100 tonnes depending on the produced grade.

Information about the customer Asia Paper

Since its foundation in 1958, Asia Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd. has specialized in the production of kraft paper, gypsum linerboards and testliner. Asia Paper is highly regarded in Korea, not only as the country's first industrial enterprise, but also for the high quality of its products and modern production processes.

We are proud to announce that in February 2019 the manufacturing and assembly of MoveRoll products has been certified according to the ISO 9001/2015 standards.

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Quality management is very important for MoveRoll and the MoveRoll production. That is why the seven quality management principles customer focus; leadership; engagement of people, process approach; improvement; evidence-based decision making; and relationship management have already clearly been reflected in MoveRoll’s day-to-day operations before the ISO certification has been achieved.

“Managing the quality of our products and services is very important. The ISO 9001/2015 certification was an additional process to further improve our quality management standards as well as to better fulfill our customers’ requirements. There is no contradiction between striving to offer new innovative roll handling and following established quality standards. On the contrary, adhering to high quality standards and keeping the importance of quality for all processes in mind, we can ensure that our customers receive safe and reliable products”, says CEO Mikko Rantanen.

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MoveRoll deliveries continue to grow

The year we left been a busy and successful year for MoveRoll. We have delivered a variety of different MoveRoll conveyor modules to several system integrators in North America, Europe and Asian markets. We are delighted that both paper mills and system integrators have increased their demand for MoveRoll horizontal conveyors, Zero Energy Receivers and Braking Pads throughout the last year.

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MoveRoll has also had a busy start on 2020 for MoveRoll. Over 35 conveyor modules have been already manufactured and shipped in period January – March. Our deliveries continue to grow Globally showing that the innovative technology developed by MoveRoll has made easier, safer and more efficient roll handling in paper mills. MoveRoll continues to cooperate with most reliable roll handling Partners. Our Partners are experts of roll handling who can offer tailored roll handling solutions for all different applications.

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International technology group ANDRITZ has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using ANDRITZ’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden.

The plant has an annual production capacity of 6.3 million liters of biomethanol from forest biomass. The fossil-free biomethanol can be used for applications in the pulp mill itself, or as a substitute for fossil-based methanol in the transport sector (biodiesel) and as a chemical base substance. The ANDRITZ delivery to Södra included proprietary process design and full EPC delivery, excluding automation, instrumentation, electrification and civil works.

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The A-Recovery+ concept from ANDRITZ delivers commercial grade biomethanol by using a patented extraction process. It offers next-generation solutions for the chemical recovery cycle of pulp mills, with the target of utilizing the pulp mill side streams to the maximum extent possible. In addition to biomethanol production, A-Recovery+ also produces sulfuric acid from odorous gases and recovers lignin for the production of high-quality lignin to be used in advanced bioproducts.

With this first ever fossil-free biomethanol plant worldwide, ANDRITZ is strongly supporting Södra’s ambitions to make its operations entirely fossil-free and be climate-positive by the end of this decade. To achieve this aim, Södra is aiming at eliminating fossil fuel use throughout its operations and producing innovative products that replace fossil-based raw materials.